30 Jul 2021

Roch Wamytan reelected president of New Caledonia congress

From , 6:01 am on 30 July 2021

Roch Wamytan has secured his third consecutive presidency of New Caledonia's Congress.

The pro-independence Kanak leader registered a convincing victory on Wednesday securing 29 out of the 54 available votes for the speaker-like-role.

Anti-independence groups fielded two candidates Virginie Ruffenach of the Rassemblement Party the leading anti-independence party who won 7 votes while Annie Qaeze of the Caledonie Ensemble Party won 6 votes. The balance was made up of 12 blank votes or abstentions.

The balance was made up of 12 blank votes or abstentions.

Journalist Nic Maclellan a longtime specialist on New Caledonian politics joins me now welcome Nic, what is the significance of this result?

President of the Congress of new Caledonia, and leader of the Union Caledonienne (UC), Roch Wamytan. September 22, 2020.

Photo: Photo by Theo Rouby / AFP